Johnson, a first-time political candidate, said she filed a declaration of intention to run for state Senate before deciding to run for school board instead. She said she didn’t realize the form was specific to the office she was seeking.
Johnson’s campaign treasurer caught the error and she re-filed in May, after she’d loaned her campaign $1,500 and accepted $300 in outside contributions, including one from Board Chair Everton Blair.
“This is a very simple and common error,” Johnson said. “I take responsibility for making the error. ... It’s not taking away my focus on the children and it never will.”
County resident David L. Witham filed a complaint Oct. 28 alleging Johnson violated the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act, which says candidates cannot accept contributions until they file a declaration of intention to do so.